Not all heroes wear capes – Carers Rights Day in Southwark

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To mark Carers Rights Day 25 November 2021, we are shining a much-needed light on carers – the hidden heroes in our communities.

A carer is anyone of any age, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help. This could because physical or mental ill-health or because they are unable to cope with the demands of daily life due to an addiction. These carers give such valuable care without payment.

For many unpaid carers, caring for their loved ones can be a delicate balancing act, done whilst managing their own day to day routine like study, work and other commitments. According to Carers UK, “not being able to talk to friends about caring, leaves one in three unpaid carers socially isolated”

There are many carers in Southwark. Young and old. Many are hidden.

On Carers Rights Day and beyond, we are keen to support those who do not often see themselves as carers and as a result, miss out on the valuable support available to them.

In particular, we want to signpost young carers – who are often at greater risk of physical and mental health problems and may also experience higher levels of social isolation and loneliness – to useful resources and support.

According to a Carers UK recent survey of nearly 6,000 carers:

  • Four in five unpaid carers are providing more care for relatives
  • 78% reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased during the pandemic
  • Two thirds (67%) worried about how they will cope through further lockdowns or local restrictions.

In Southwark, our continued goal is to:

  • Raise awareness of the needs of carers
  • Raise awareness of how carers can be identified
  • Ensure carers are aware of their rights
  • Let carers know where to get help and support
  • Share opportunities of workshops or events carers can get involved in for information and support

Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while in Southwark, we are committed to ensuring that you understand your rights and are able to access the information and support that is available to you as soon as you need it. We want to support you to feel confident asking for what you need as a carer and to be able to challenge things when you feel your rights are not being met.

Are you caring for someone? Are you looking for more information for carers? Would you like to find out more about your rights as a carer? Please get more information from one of these organisations: